Sunday, 6 April 2014

Chalk Circle - Live

Chalk Circle was in the acoustic session we did at TV21 last week, the dummy ending demands power so we did a shorter version without it, here’s a full band Live recording including the coda
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Full of bleak darkness, Chalk Circle has been a live set favourite since early 1990 and is on the first album The Speed Of Sound At Tree Level.


Chalk Circle

I’ve drawn a chalk circle right around me
I’m going to stay in it I am never going to leave
Its going to keep you out its going to keep you away
I’m on my own in here and that’s how I want it to stay

I put out the light and I stay inside
Sometimes its hell just staying alive
You can’t touch me you can’t even get near
I can’t see anything that you describe

I know what it is to be so far down
There’s no doubt about it I am underground
I see no evil I hear no pain
Nothing can reach me through my chalk surround

I listen to the rhythm within me
I hear only sounds in my head
I do not move I seldom bother breathing
I sometimes wonder if I am dead
I sometimes wonder if I am dead

I am empty just an echoing jar
Remote and untouchable as the North Star
My memories are fading into the past
I am now completely insular

I send out no signals and get none in return
I can not remember the things I have spurned
The turmoil is gone and I know only peace
I can not go back for the bridges are burned

I listen to the rhythm within me
I hear only sounds in my head
I do not move I seldom bother breathing
I sometimes wonder if I am dead
I sometimes wonder if I am dead

I know what it is to be so far down
There’s no doubt about it I am underground
I see no evil I hear no pain
Nothing can reach me through my chalk surround

I sometimes wonder
I sometimes wonder
I sometimes wonder
If I am dead


John Armstrong 28 Feb 1990

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